Humans of BluePath: Scott Bove, Sitter

Scott Bove and his family are valuable members of the BluePath community as sitters for dogs that are in formal training. Sitters provide a temporary home offering the dogs safety, stability and a place to have some good old fashioned “dog fun.”

Scott, a Yonkers firefighter, and his wife Kelly live in Wappingers Falls with their two children, Courtney (17) and Tommy (16), and their goldendoodle, Abby.

Scott first heard about BluePath through his brother, who had also been a sitter at the time. After attending a BluePath Walkathon and speaking to trainer, Kate Peterson, Scott knew that he wanted to become involved.

“We have a son with autism and we have a dog. Being a dog sitter for BluePath was something for my daughter to do to volunteer and have that for her college resume. I thought that our family could also help out other kids and another autism family.”

Since Scott started sitting for BluePath in 2017, he has learned how truly rewarding the experience has been.

“You’re giving forward to families that need the assistance. Parents can relax a little knowing that the dog is there to help their child.”

Fun facts:

  • The Boves have been sitters for at least nine BluePath dogs, some on several occasion; this list includes Winston, Shiloh, Roxy, Binny and Pete, to name a few!

  • Favorite spot for dogs: The family goes walking on the Dutchess Rail Trail daily. They meet friends with their own dogs and walk together as a large pack.

  • Courtney graduated from high school this spring and has just begun her studies at Penn State!

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